Letters to the Editor

Letters: Accept that words mean what they mean

I wasn’t too surprised to read about the modern interpretation of what used to be common words (“A guide to this year’s controversies over political correctness,” Sunday).

It seems that it has become common to twist our language to fit whatever topic someone might find offensive. Where will this stop?

“Innocent until proven guilty,” taken literally, implies that the individual being accused will be found guilty. I wonder if a judge has ever objected to that as potential bias and forbidden its use in court.

As to the term “illegal immigrants” implying somebody was engaged in an unlawful activity, would entering our country without proper authorization now be considered a legal activity?

James H. Wilson

Columbia

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